Fair Count is an organization devoted to making sure that some of the voices in America that are often targeted for suppression are, instead, amplified and included. They’re doing work to support every community being counted in the 2020 U.S. Census, and they’re now working to prevent Black voices from being silenced in the 2020 elections.
In a minute-long video created by Black Women Animate Studios, the organization depicts the experience of Black people in America, from segregation to a constitutional amendment that ends slavery — but allows exceptions — to mass incarceration, to Black Lives Matter marches for justice. They’re calling on voters to make a plan to vote safely, and to be counted.
The voices of the Black community must NOT be silenced or lost in this upcoming election ✊🏿
Lift your voice & be heard at the polls!
Vote early. Vote safely. 🗳
— Fair Count (@faircount) October 9, 2020
The video is a stark reminder that for Black people in America, being counted has been a long, hard-fought battle, and there are still efforts to suppress the Black vote. It ties closely to Fair Count’s other major project, the U.S. Census, which has been a particular battle this year as the Department of Justice has fought to end the process early, and Fair Count is encouraging everyone to be counted.
Fair Count is also offering a Trek the Vote for Fair Elections initiative, inviting you to volunteer to help get out the vote. There’s a form here if you’re able to help do phone banking, or to offer water, snacks, and other supplies to voters in long lines.
Additional information about the video:
“Rise Up” by Andra Day
Created by Black Women Animate Studios
Executive Producers: Gregg Hurwitz, Mary Ann Marino, Angela Robinson
Motion Graphics: Sneaky Little Sister
Sound Design: Mr. Sunshine
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com